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Advanced Criminal Advocacy CPD

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Delivery of this module will be online due to government-issued guidelines during the Covid-19 pandemic and may be made available face-to-face subject to Public Health England recommendations. Please submit your application and, once reviewed by the module leader, you will receive more specific information about the online delivery of your module and assessments.

Course overview

The City Law School, in partnership with the Law Society, is running the Advanced Criminal Advocacy course.

This is a full-day course for senior practitioners who have experience of advocacy in the higher courts. To reflect the seniority of the participants on this course this day would be run in the context of a Crown Court trial and the mock courtroom setting will reflect the greater formality of advocacy in the higher courts.

The case papers for this day will reflect the higher level of this course, the offences dealt with would be of a very serious nature and the issues raised will be of a complex nature.

Please note - This course will be run in the context of a Crown Court trial.



Law Society logo Delegates will be expected to test their core witness handling skills in a context that demands a highly technical application of those skills. We would, therefore, include exercises requiring memory refreshing of a witness under Section 139 of the Criminal Justice Act 2003 and cross-examination on a previous inconsistent statement pursuant to the procedure under Sections 4 & 5 of the Criminal Procedure Act 1865.

In the latter part of the day, we would include submissions on legal points for closing speeches. In particular, we would ask delegates to make or resist an application in relation to either bad character or hearsay.

The Hampel method of feedback will be integral to the day and so elements of feedback and replay are built into the timetable.

Delegates will be expected:

  • to demonstrate competency in the cross-examination of a witness on a previous inconsistent statement
  • to demonstrate competency in the process of memory refreshing of a witness
  • to make or respond to an application in the context of either bad character or hearsay